Brigantine Elks Lodge No. 2428 – Week of Nov. 16, 2012

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A lot of you are probably wondering what's going on with the Lodge. First of all, a nationally based cleaning/restoration company has been hired, and a big crew of workers is hard at work. To date, all of the wet carpeting has been removed, the walls cut open to wainscot height and the soaked drywall, paneling and insulation discarded. The spoiled food has been thrown away and the kitchen/freezers/coolers stripped and cleaned. The mud has been removed from the restrooms and the tile floors and walls have been cleaned. The old bingo hall has received similar treatment.

Upstairs, everything seems to be fine and the computers, membership records, financial records are all intact. There appears to be no water spots on any of the ceilings, which seems to indicate no water penetration. That's the good news.

The lounge is another story. The floor on the bay side, from about the middle of the bar heading towards the corner by the tiki bar, has collapsed and slopes down towards that corner. My belief is that the bulkhead was compromised in that area, causing undermining, as evidenced by a big half-moon crack in the end of the concrete slab closest to the patio, which has separated and sunken at a slope towards the bay. The boardwalk in that spot has also sunk, sloping towards the lounge. We'll see.

In the meantime I would be remiss in not complimenting Chairman of Trustees Paul Consorte for the job of leadership he is doing. Paul has really grabbed the bull by the horns and is spending endless hours at the Lodge handling the insurance inspectors, getting permits, determining what goes and what stays, and dealing with the bureaucratic B.S. Kudos Paul!

Needless to say, our class scheduled for this Saturday, Nov. 17 has had to be canceled and will be held at some future date to be determined; the Trim-A-Tree Party likewise. I believe our kids party and the special needs kids party will be held at another venue. I'll try to keep you informed.

Bye, George

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